More than 50% of the area devoted to organic farming in the Ribera is used to grow citrus fruits

Data from the Valencian Community Ecological Agriculture Committee (CAECV) at the end of 2021 indicate that the number of organic operators and the area devoted to organic production in the Valencian Community as a whole have increased by nearly 20%.

According to the CAECV, the region of La Ribera had 787.5462 hectares of certified organic crops up until December 29 which were used to grow more than 40 different crops by more than 120 registered producers, 56 companies, 8 importers, and one nursery. In total, 188 operators.

Citrus fruits - oranges, clementines, mandarins, satsumas, lemons, and grapefruits - account for 52.8% of the agricultural area certified as organic in the Ribera with just over 416 hectares. They are followed by fruit trees, with a total of 229.4 hectares (29.13% of the area). Medlar and strawberry crops have the smallest certified area, with 0.032 and 0.0205 hectares in Tous and Cullera, respectively.

There are 104.5 hectares of kaki, 12.3 hectares of peaches, 9.1 hectares of donut peaches, 7.2 hectares of apricots, and 1.4 hectares of plum. Organic avocado crops are gradually increasing and already stand at 25.47 certified hectares, and there are 39 hectares of pomegranates and 14.5 hectares of kiwis.

Moreover, there are just over 25 certified hectares of organic vegetables in the Ribera, most of which are grown in a 13.80-hectare farm located in Cullera. There are also 18.4 hectares of carob trees.

There are a total of 18.4 hectares of organic almond tree crops.

The Ribera also produces other organic products, although at a much smaller scale, such as pistachios, aromatic flowers that are used for infusions or for cooking, lime, jujube, figs, moringa, papaya, pitahaya, and pecan.

 

Source: levante-emv.com 

 


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